Response to Reading:
We will be adding additional writing times to our day. Students will be expected to respond to their reading daily in a written format. Students should base their answers on the text, referring to it in their answers. Sometimes these responses will be based on a lesson or book we are reading together. Students will also respond to their independent reading of a book of their choice (at their level). I encourage you to have your child respond and discuss their nightly reading at home with you.
Accelerated Reader (AR):
AR is a system to level books and provides a comprehension test for each book. Students read a book on their level and then take a quiz. They earn points based on the difficulty of the book and the number of questions they get correct on their quiz. Books range from 0.5 points to more than 20 points. The quizzes range from 5 to 10 and sometimes 20 questions. If a student takes a quiz on a 1.0 point book and gets 100% correct, they earn 1.0 points. If they miss one question they would earn 0.9 points. Students are expected to take a test for every book they read. Reports on their AR progress will be sent home quarterly.
Reading on level and taking AR tests is a proven method of helping students to progress academically with their ELA skills.
Students will set quarterly AR goals. Each child will set a fiction and a non-fiction goal which will be documented and tracked in their binders. We want students to be reading a balance of fiction and non-fiction books. Non-fiction books are typically only worth 0.5 or 1.0 points where fiction books can be worth many points.
Students have opportunities to read during the school day and should be reading nightly as part of their homework (20-30 minutes). This means that students should be able to complete approximately 1 chapter book per week (depending on the length of the book). Please review your child's goals.
Exploring for Details: answer questions about informational text and refer to the text for answers. (LAFS.3.RI.1.1)
Exploring the Main Idea: identify the main idea and supporting details of informational text and explain how the details support the main idea. (LAFS.3.RI.1.2)
Exploring Sequencing in Text: identify the sequence of events or ideas in a text and make connections between the events or ideas. (LAFS.3.RI.1.3)
Detail Detectives: answer questions about a story and refer to the text. (LAFS.3.RL.1.1)
Terrific Traits: describe characters in a story and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events. (LAFS.3.RL.1.3)
Making Meaning: context clues, literal and non-literal language. (LAFS.3.RL.2.4)
Verb Mania: action verbs, helping verbs, linking verbs, verb tenses and multiple verbs in compound sentences. (LAFS.3.L.1.1)
Dialogue Under Construction: use of commas and quotation marks. (LAFS.3.L.1.2)
Bon Voyage: opinion writing. (LAFS.3.W.1.1)
Diving in to Informative Writing: informative /explanatory writing (LAFS.3.W.1.2)
This website connects directly with students performance on the STAR tests. It creates a path of learning activities and quizzes to move them along to fit their individualized needs.
Look up a book to find the level (BL) and number of points it is worth.
Read current news articles written at a 3rd grade level (or higher).
A website setup like Netflix but with eBooks! Educators get a free account. All students have been added, they just need to sign in.
BrainPopJr and BrainPop
Watch lots of educational videos. Username: bes123, password: school
ABCya Reading Games
Spelling practice, parts of speech, word searches
Reading Strategy - UNRAAVEL
Underline the title.
Now predict the passage.
Run through & number the paragraphs.
Are you reading the questions?
Are the important words circled?
Venture through the passage.
Eliminate incorrect answers.
Let the questions be answered.
What does it mean?
Underline the title of the passage.
Now write a sentence predicting what it will be about?
Run through - number all paragraphs so you can easily refer to them later (questions will ask about specific paragraphs).
Are you reading the questions - read the test questions BEFORE you read the passage. Now you know what to look for.
Are the important words circled? Mark the questions - circle question words, key words so you understand the question.
Venture through the passage - read the text, marking as you go. Underline main ideas, key details, circle important vocabulary words.
Eliminate incorrect answers - read all the answer choices and cross out the ones you know are wrong.
Let the questions be answered. Reread the question, the answer choices remaining, check back in the text and choose.